She began her fame when as a young woman, she and her husband Julian were asked by archaeologists to recreate pottery like ancient black pottery shards in the area of the San Ildefonso Pueblo in New Mexico where they lived. They did so, and became well known for the black-on-black pottery that remains the most characteristic of San Ildefonso and Santa Clara Pueblo pottery, although both produce remarkable other pieces. Maria's native name was Poveka or Povika (spelling in an unwritten language is a fascinating subject for debate), a name for a certain flower (yellow pond lily).She began using the native name on her pots only late in her career. Her pottery can be dated by her signature. First, they were not signed until collectors told her they would sell better. She collaborated first with her husband, then with daughters in law, sons and grandsons, etc, and her pots are dated in that way. Too much information, I know.
We met Maria and visited with her in he sister's home in the early 70s. A very poised, quiet and gracious person, who had visited the White House a number of times, met 4 presidents, exhibited at Worlds Fairs, and was world famous.
I have a lot more to be humble about, and I wish I could achieve such humility. This pot is a little jewel.NOTE - I REDUCED THE PRICE ON MARCH 29, AFTER DOING RESEARCH ON CURRENT PRICES. PRICES ON MARIA POTTERY SEEM TO FLUCTUATE.
The item "Maria Martinez Native American pot. Small (3.5)'gunmetal' finish. Signed Mar" is in sale since Sunday, March 17, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Pottery". The seller is "pnpalmharbor" and is located in Palm Harbor, Florida.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Switzerland.